Some very good points, indeed. Iranians I hope one day learn that UNITY is the definition of a "country". They have to work together, and MUST know WHY they have to work together. The IIAF attempting to bomb the Khomeini residence was a VERY BAD idea, It has affected the IRIAF ever since.The issue here is two fold
1) Paranoia of air forces leading coup attempts
2) IRGC domination of Iran’s government (next president could be IRGC alumni) and military funds
IRGC while having made tremendous progress also has its faults. Most don’t like to admit that Solemani had a love affair with human wave tactics and martyrdom.... indeed one can look at ISIS battles in Iraq as evidence.
IRGC also did not view air power as necessary even in a conflict like Syria. However, after being pushed against the wall (terrorists were threatening to invade alawite strongholds) Solemani and IRGC brass agreed on Russian air power. Indeed the results swayed opinion in IRGC so much they set up their own Air Force and work on a CAS aircraft. Now I don’t know what point the project is at now.
But here is my point, until IRGC embraces air warfare and the importance of it then Air Force will remain stagnant.
A swarm of supersonic high altitude unmanned mini stealth bombers (think RQ-170 x 5 in size) can do the job of 100+ missiles. And a true interceptor can take the load off the domestic AD network during war.
IRGC old guard needs to accept this reality. The world cannot be conquered by arrows(missiles) alone. Even the Persian empire realized that fact (a little too late).
That led to years later, when Doran was constantly harassed by the mullah "supervisory" air war planners who don't know the difference between a turbine blade and a toilet seat. Doran never should have been inside that cockpit, having to give his life after his rear bailed out of the F4-E - he was a strategist, and a damn good one according to 1998 declassified U.S. Air Force intelligence documents. Actually he was trained in U.S. and they thought very highly of him, even then, a tough guy ready to fist fight anyone that picks on other Iranian trainee pilots in U.S. Doran was one of those people that come around once a generation, and totally different kind of a person than Ali-e-Agha and Zandi. These men understood air force, and they were not as political as Jahanbani or khatami. They were (as we say in aviation industry) the engine core, not the FADEC. For those that are not familiar with FADEC, it is like a control computer systems device that is the kind of engine operation management system, the first kind-of decent one was tested/produced repeatedly for (Adour) BAE Hawk, (not to be confused with mission planning and engine management computer that is FBW connected and integrated with the avionics). Sorry, I try not to talk technical babble too much. But had to clarify why that expression exists.
How do you get these men back in Iran? This is why I suggest Iran needs a "good enough" 21 century fighter jet (even if it has a AL21 engine) as long as these pilots are getting the training they need and build up their confidence, an aviation industry that constantly tweaking, improving, adding, and expanding features and adaptations and hence capabilities.
If this forum ever gets Farzad's documents, or the (I would guess 200+) interviews by Tom, then it would quickly become obvious how much Iran lost, in these amazing heroes.
Iranians WILL HAVE TO LEARN SOONER OR LATER, to work together, and not eat their own.
Don't get mad at me for saying this ..... look at many of the individuals that are members here in this forum. Amazing individuals (at least to me), with huge amount of passion for Iran, and very knowledgeable in their own area of expertise. And some arguments that are not even worth reading, why would anyone argue points that are childish and not even worth discussing, things being debated that are irrelevant and insignificant, has no point other than to serve one's EGO and elevate oneself for what? What does it serve? Why not ignore the little things and think bigger and bring us all together and support one another. Look at Koreans in U.S.? Irish in U.S.? Italians in U.S.? Even Vietnamese have learned the lesson. However, Iranians in LA spend their entire day bashing Iran, some Iranians here in U.S. get money from state dept just to bash Iran and Iranians who present a different perspective (e.g. Trita Parsi).
Instead of learning from one another, elevating one another, supporting one another. Why are we here in PK run forum ??? Why not have a very successful well-funded and well organized Iranian forum that is very popular? Iranians have been some of the greatest visionaries before, why not now? Why The Shah's son came to U.S. based in Washington D.C (capital city of politics and lobbying) has never done a single worthwhile thing for 40+ years, even though they had about $220m in controlled assets here in U.S.? They lost 4 pieces of properties each worth about $20+ million. His advisors and himself were so incompetent they could not even call the brokers in NY and tell them to sell PANAM stocks when it was crashing. Now he kisses the hands of MBS for financial support, after Israelis decided that they will not waste any more money on his incompetence. Israelis want results not a useless imbecilic. He should have been at least someone equal to John Ghazvinian in the level of thinking, or speaking, with an articulate command of English, heck no. He cries in public when he talks about political strategy. He has no understanding how Western politicians think of a cry baby. Iranians need to adapt their culture to guide them (and their kids) to help, support, elevate each other - and make each other better, not allow someone like (example of course) shah's son go on for 40+ years without an iota of personal development or intellectual growth.
In fact, truth be told, Jews took a very long time to learn the same, about 2400 years. Let's hope Iranians learn much sooner than that, and that they must elevate each other and that unity is the real strength of the country. Whatever anyone may think of the Shah (and I am not a fan for his stupidity and utter ignorance for a leader that pretends that he is smarter than everyone else while he was NOT a visionary and had NO crystal clarity of thinking, and not a deep thinker whatsoever), during the Shah's era (for lots of reasons of course) Iran did not have this many enemies INSIDE. Of course you can argue that MEK started 1968 and MONAFEGHEEN-e-khalgh started 1969, they started killing American military servicemen in 1970s (and others)just before and after the 2,500-year celebrations in Takteh Jamsheed, both because Savak was breaking into their homes and throwing their fathers off the balcony.
Still today, there are so many Iranians that are against the current regime which doesn't even deserve half the things it is being accused of, or blamed for. Everything Iran did after the bombings in Iranians cities 1980-1988+, U.S. did (and a lot worst) after 911.
A significant (however small) portion of Iranians are partisan against their own interests, for short term small gains and instant gratification.
IRIAF and IRGC must mend just like the IRIN and IRGC have mended and resolved their issues.
Iran NEEDS a domestically designed/produced gas turbine engine to allow it to have a domestically manufactured/supported competent fighter jet, even if it is a strategic fighter jet (e.g. F-16XL or F-14D) and NOT an all-purpose (e.g. F-4E or F-16). In my humble opinion.